Photo London Highlights: Unmissable Exhibitions & Photographers

Photo London Fair arrives at Somerset House and online this Wednesday, September 8 showcasing a wealth of photographic talents and works from across the globe and not to be missed if you’re a photography lover. Don’t miss out on these highlights…

Photo: Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey, Photo London Fair

1 David Bailey
Although best known for his fashion and portraiture photography, David Bailey has worked across fashion, TV commercials, film and sculpture. For the first time, David will showcase images from his archive and he has selected some of his most recognisable portraits alongside beautiful work from his 80s fashion archive. This includes rarely seen images of Jean Shrimpton (1963) a portrait of Miles Davis (1969), as well as fashion images featuring Catherine Bailey, Jerry Hall and Helmut Newton and black and white portraits of Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and Michael Caine. 

2 Close Enough: Robert Capa
Robert Capa (1913 – 1954) is a legend in the history of photojournalism and possibly the most famous war photographer of the last century. Born in Budapest, he moved to Berlin when he was 18, and worked as a darkroom assistant. With the rise of Fascism in Germany, he went to Paris and later to New York to work as a photojournalist. Capa died at 40-years-old and covered five different wars during his lifetime: the Spanish Civil War; the SinoJapanese War, the Second World War, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the first Indochina War. This exhibition features a succession of iconic stories made throughout Capa’s career, from the varying contexts he found himself in.

3 James Barnor, Romuald Hazoumè, Benji Reid, Alexis Peskine
This exhibition examines social injustices, global outlooks and personal predicaments like mental health, bringing together master photographer James Barnor and artist Roumuald Hazoumè with emerging artists Benji Reid and Alexis Peskine. Gahnaian-born Londoner James Barnor’s portraits depict the self-assurance and individualistic fashion trends that dominated both London and his hometown Accra. Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumè has created one of the most iconic bodies of work in contemporary African art which addresses the endemic political corruption in Africa and the global indifference compounding environmental disasters. British photographer Benji Reid creates hyper-realities that explore life as an outside, issues surrounding mental health and the complexities of fatherhood. Frenchman Alexis Peskine explores the ongoing frustration of African Diaspora which continues to face systems of violence, racism, and displacement, through figures portraying strength, perseverance and self-possession.

4 Nick Knight
Fashion photographer Nick Knight showcases works from ‘Roses from my Garden’ which is a new series of works Knight is currently completing. In the series, Knight reinterprets flemish still life in a contemporary way. These large scale painterly photographs are shot on iPhone, enlarged and filtered through software that uses AI to infill the space between pixels.

5 Shirin Neshat, Master of Photography exhibition
For the Master of Photography exhibition, Shirin Neshat presents Land of Dreams for the for the first time in full in the UK. It features 111 photographs of New Mexico residents and her two-channel film installation that are both fictitious and documentative. This body of works sees Neshat turn her lens to the landscape and people of the American West. The first film on the two-channel video installation follows a young Iranian art student named Simin, who travels around suburban and rural areas of New Mexico photographing local residents in their homes. As part of the protagonist’s assignment, Simin asks her subjects about their most recent dreams. As the people she encounters vividly detail their dreams, the viewer is transported into these imagined narratives alongside Simin, who wanders inside each participant’s subconscious mind.

6 Someone’s Daughter, The View Magazine, London
Someone’s Daughter is an inspirational photographic exhibition by some of the world’s leading photographers, featuring portraits of 15 leading women and 15 women activists and former prisoners. The project is curated by Jennie Ricketts, former picture editor of The Observer and led by Rachael Heaton-Armstrong, the magazine’s creative director and documentary maker of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons.

7 Jessica Backhaus
Sun, scissors and paper – the images in Jessica Backhaus’ new series ‘Cut Outs’ – are created using the simplest tools and they reduce photography to its basic elements: light and shadow, shape and color. Continuing her train of abstracted works, Backhaus has captured how transparent paper reacts to the heat of intense sunlight -how the paper deforms, rises and casts shadows.

Photo London is on at Somerset House, September 8-12
Wednesday, September 8, 1pm-9pm
Thursday, September 9, 1pm–9pm
Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, 11am–7pm
Sunday, September 12, 11am–6.30pm

Tickets from £29/£19 adult/concession; Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA; Photo London Digital is on September 9-28; photolondon.org